DreamWorks Developing Film Based on Comic Strip

Posted on August 23, 2002

Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling will team for the first time in DreamWorks Pictures' animated comedy Over the Hedge, based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. The film marks the first animation voice work of any kind for Jim Carrey, and the animated feature film debut for both actors.

Over the Hedge will be the second computer animated project to be produced entirely at DreamWorks' animation studio in Glendale, following the comedy Sharkslayer. Over the Hedge is currently slated for release in 2005. Bonnie Arnold is producing Over the Hedge having previously produced the first computer animated blockbuster Toy Story. She more recently produced the Disney animated hit Tarzan.

The film will be directed by Tim Johnson, who had co-directed the PDI/DreamWorks computer animated hit comedy Antz. Johnson is currently co-directing the animated action adventure Sinbad, to be released in Summer 2003. The Over the Hedge screenplay is being adapted from the comic strip by Len Blum, whose previous writing credits include the live action comedy hits Private Parts, Beethoven's 2nd, Stripes and Meatballs. Over the Hedge will mark Blum's animation debut.

In Over the Hedge, Jim Carrey will voice the mischievous con-artist raccoon R.J. and Garry Shandling will be the voice of the sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors. Together, Verne and R.J. form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with -- and even exploit -- this strange new world called suburbia.